Does Tua Tagovailoa want Ryan Fitzpatrick to return, or to move on?

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The rookie season of Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa included Tua being yanked on multiple occasions for veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick. With Fitzpatrick becoming a free agent and with the Dolphins potentially interested in keeping him around, we asked Tua the following question during a recent visit to PFT Live.

Here’s the question: “I saw Ryan Fitzpatrick talking this week about wanting to play next year. Do you want him to come back or are you kind of ready to say, ‘I’ve got this. I don’t need to have a relief pitcher?”

Here’s the answer: “I’ve learned a tremendous amount from Ryan. He’s a great person. I think we’ll continue to have this strong relationship whether he comes back to Miami or whether he doesn’t. But I’ve learned a tremendous amount and I know that he’s always someone that I can always call throughout the season or throughout the year.”

There’s no yes or no in that answer. Presumably, Tagovailoa (like any starting quarterback) surely would prefer not to be removed during a game for his backup. He nevertheless handled it well when it happened in 2020.

11 responses to “Does Tua Tagovailoa want Ryan Fitzpatrick to return, or to move on?

  1. I give props to guys like Fitzpatrick and Alex Smith that are willing to be a mentor to younger players. It’s a great way to give something back to the game.

  2. Tua doesn’t worry about the stuff he can’t control. Every answer he gives is consistent in that mindset. And that’s good.

  3. vagabond1979 says:
    February 5, 2021 at 10:37 am
    I give props to guys like Fitzpatrick and Alex Smith that are willing to be a mentor to younger players. It’s a great way to give something back to the game
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    Unfortunately for guys like that it’s their only option.

  4. Being pulled constantly is probably not good for him. Sure I can see it happening once but he’s got to learn to manage the team in all sorts of situations. Not just when you’re winning by a lot. The players need to see him in that huddle refusing to give up and the best way he can learn that is to play .

    It’s a tough choice bc the coach wants to win now and if that’s the case, you shouldn’t have pulled fitz but continually pulling him to attempt to win a game can potentially damage his mentality.

    It sucked watching josh Allen his rookie make some j credible plays followed by brutal ones. But I have no doubt he is a much better player now bc of that.

  5. Tua is too nice of a kid to say he wants Fitz gone. But if they keep Fitz, Tua will always look over his shoulder and that’s not going to build his confidence.

  6. I’ve always heard Tua is a nice young man and the way he handled that question seems to prove he is.

  7. If Two-yard had NFL quality talent he wouldn’t have to worry about being pulled from any games.

  8. Unless Fitzpatrick is a total jerk, would he not be a good “advisor” for Tua to learn from? There are reasons Fitzpatrick has been around for many years. He should have a lot of knowledge he could pass on to Tua. Like just how to be a professional and how to be a team leader which a QB is supposed to be.

  9. thanks fitz. i’ve been a dolphins fan since 1969, heck was at super bowl 3. you gave me the kind of excitement i had watching dan m or larry s play. i really enjoyed having you with the dolphins. hope you come back. if you get the chance to be the starter for another team, go for it, i’ll be watching you for now on. also i would like to thank you very, very much for helping tuna, that means so much. hope you come back. hay you gave me something to talk about with a smile on my face.again thanks so very, very, very much. best of good luck you, always do what made you happy. your friend jack.

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